The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning. It represents the notions of totality, wholeness, original perfection, the Self, the infinite, eternity, timelessness, all cyclic movement, God ('God is a circle whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere' (Hermes Trismegistus)). As the sun, it is masculine power; as the soul and as encircling waters, it is the feminine maternal principle. "It implies an idea of movement, and symbolizes the cycle of time, the per petual motion of everything that moves, the planets' journey around the sun (the circle of the zodiac), the great rhythm of the universe. The circle is also zero in our system of numbering, and symbolizes potential, or the embryo. It has a magical value as a protective agent, ... and indicates the end of the process of individuation, of striving towards a psychic wholeness and self-realization" (Julien, 71).
added layers of glazes- some cadmium, more quince nickel azo and prussian, interference green, blue & red. i decided the black circle was too small & added what you see here. also added more circle stamps. like it, but it needs..... something..... and hangs in my office daily waiting to talk to me.
i liked it much better at this point, but still felt i was missing something. more days hanging on the wall. finally the numbers and linear semi circular stamp and now it feels done.
i am really happy with this, as it feels like the first abstract piece that i've been successful with. love the levels of layers, the depth and richness of color (which doesn't come through in the photo). i like the texture & find it interesting for those reasons. i bet people want to touch this, get up close to it and look at it for a long time.
i feel like i learned & solved some things and ended up with a good decent of art.
anyhoo- that's it- hope to get the studio wall seams caulked so i can paint so i can move art stuff there before thanksgiving so i can have my table back for turkey. and saturday i have to take some photos for a friend, anniversary dinner, then hanging day sunday at the gallery. um, yeah, busy weekend. oh, and start cleaning the house because my very good friend fay will be here in a few weeks- yay!
so maybe not so much art. but i did sign up for art every day month which i found a lot of fun & a great way to focus last year. might be a doodle a day or a photo a day, but it will be something!